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Pictures From Orisefemi’s “Carnival” Wedding

 

The wedding of Nigerian dancehall music maker, Oritsefemi that took place today, was truly colourful.

The Ajegunle-born will sealed his union to Nabila Nash at a society wedding, which was open to all in Lagos,

Tagged #ON2017, Oritsefemi’s Gold and Silver themed wedding which is still ongoing at The Ark, Lekki, Lagos, as at the time of this article.

The couple had a private civil wedding in April, earlier this year

The groom has been outspoken about his love for Nabila, who is a PR expert working with Multichoice.
Earlier , Oritsefemi’s bride, had said the wedding was going to be a carnival.

Nabilla Fash made the statement while gushing over her husband when she saw their pre-wedding photos displayed on the electronic billboard on Lekki-Ikoyi roundabout.

Oritsefemi stepped out in full Niger Delta regalia, complete with a wrapper and all the accessories.

Here are some photos from the wedding.

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Meanwhile, crooner Banky W settled for a destination wedding with actress wife, Adesuwa Etomi in Capetown, South Africa.

The couple have taken the #BAAD2017 festivities down South to Cape Town, South Africa for the fourth and final leg of their wedding – the white wedding.

The couple jetted out with their close friends on Thursday to prepare for what many have termed a ‘national wedding’.

Although both weddings are being held at different sides of the continent, they have been tagged the weddings of the year.

 

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DAVIDO TO PERFORM AT MOBO AWARDS 2017 IN LEEDS

The organisers of the MOBO Awards have confirmed that Afrobeat star, Nigeria’s Davido is among top names billed to perform at this year’s edition of the Awards’ show.

The 2017 MOBO Awards set to be hosted by former Blue boyband member turned radio & TV presenter, Marvin Humes and presenter Maya Jama will take place in Leeds on November 29  at the First Direct Arena.

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Maya is also the girlfriend of Hip-hop artist Micheal “Stormzy” Omari

Expressing his pleasure to be hosting the event, Marvin says “The MOBOs have been a huge part of my life, I’ve been lucky enough to attend, perform and win over the years so now to be back as a host alongside Maya Jama is a huge honour! Can’t wait for next week it’s gonna be a big night in Leeds!” 

The organisers say of  the upcoming event, “we can’t wait for Marvin and Maya to take to the stage, cementing themselves in the MOBO history books as an award show host!

Also performing at the event will be London-born pianist Tokio Myers, who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017, and the B Positive Choir (A 60-person strong choir comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or are family members, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease), join Cardi BKrept and KonanStefflon Don and Yungen on the MOBO Awards line-up.

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The organisers warn fans to “Expect a spectacular night of surprise performances and very special appearances from some of the biggest names in music”

FORMER MAN CITY STAR ROBINHO SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN JAIL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

Brazilian footballer Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Reports in Italy claim the former Manchester City and Real Madrid star, along with five others, was implicated for an attack on an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub in January 2013.

The incident, which the player has insisted he played no part in, occurred when the 33-year-old was at AC Milan following his departure from the Etihad in 2010.

Robinho has been 'sentenced to nine years in prison' after being found guilty of sexual assault

Robinho has been ‘sentenced to nine years in prison’ after being found guilty of sexual assault

Robinho was seen as a 'party guy' during his spell in the Premier League with Manchester City

Robinho spotted outside the Pancea Bar in Manchester, England

Robinho was seen as a ‘party guy’ during his spell in the Premier League with Manchester City

Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho’s agent and lawyer, told Sportsmail: ‘With regards to the allegations surrounding Robinho, the alleged incident took place several years ago.

‘I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident.

‘All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision.’

Robinho, 33, who currently plays in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy.

He has a right to two appeals and Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said.

The Milan court ordered the victim to receive €60,000 (£53,000) as compensation for her suffering.

Reports in Italy claim he was implicated for an attack on an Albanian girl in a Milan nightclub

The 33-year-old and five others were reportedly involved in the incident in January 2013

The 33-year-old and five others were reportedly involved in the incident in January 2013

Robinho spent four years at the Serie A club and made over 100 appearances before moving to the Chinese Super League in 2015.

He currently plies his trade back in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.

The forward sent shockwaves through the world of football when he made a sensational £32.5million deadline day move to Manchester City in September 2008.

He was the first signing of the Sheikh Mansour era at City, but he made only 53 appearances in less than 18 months in England.

Robinho burst onto the scene as a teenager at Real Madrid, where he played for three seasons before moving to the Premier League.

Robinho is a Brazil international - and has won 100 caps after making his debut in 2003

Robinho is a Brazil international – and has won 100 caps after making his debut in 2003

 

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ITALY TO MISS WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS

ITALY has missed out on qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden at the San Siro in Milan.

After suffering a shock 1-0 loss in the first leg in Sweden, the men in blue couldn’t find the back of the net on Tuesday no matter how hard they tried. The scoreless draw meant Sweden won 1-0 on aggregate and the Azzurri will now be watching the 2018 World Cup from afar.

Before the match the prospect of Italy missing out on football’s showpiece event was described as the “apocalypse”, and that apocalypse has now arrived.

 

Italy will be watching the 2018 World Cup from home after it drew 0-0 with Sweden in their do-or-die World Cup qualifier on Tuesday morning.

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Heading into the clash with a 1-0 deficit after suffering a shock loss to the Swedes in the first leg of the two-match tie, the Azzurri were unable to find a breakthrough at the San Siro in Milan and will now miss their first World Cup since 1958.

“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes,” Italian goalkeeper and captain Ginaluigi Buffon said.

“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin. I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had almost 10 years alongside. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn’t enough, I hope that we gave them something.

“In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group.”

Italy’s prayers went unanswered.

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It’s a crushing blow for a country that has won football’s most prestigious tournament four times. Despite finishing with 75 per cent of the possession after 90 minutes and taking 23 shots to Sweden’s four, luck deserted the home side and the scoreless draw crushed Italian hearts.

 

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Sweden has been a giant killer in qualifying as it surged towards a World Cup berth. It had already knocked out 2010 finalist The Netherlands before taking care of Italy on Tuesday.

The last major competitions Italy missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

It would be easy to lay the blame squarely on Gian Piero Ventura. The Italy coach will naturally take the lion’s share of the responsibility but his side’s problems run much deeper, the rot starting long before he took charge.

After winning the World Cup in 2006 for a fourth time, Italy went out at the group stage of the next two editions. It has fared somewhat better at the European Championships, reaching the final in 2012 and going out in the quarterfinals in 2008 and 2016.

MO FARAH RECEIVES KNIGHTHOOD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. ALSO SEE LIST OF ANGLO-NIGERIANS HONOURED BY THE QUEEN IN 2017

King of the track Sir Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood today.

The four-time Olympic champion is being honoured at Buckingham Palace for his services to athletics.

Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, is moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.

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On the news of the knighthood Sir Mo, who came to the UK from Somalia as a boy, said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”

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Also due to receive an honour at the palace on Tuesday is Delia Smith, who will become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery.

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be made an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to people with learning difficulties and their families in the UK and abroad.

Model Erin O’Connor will be honoured with an MBE for services to fashion and charity, and actress Patricia Hodge will be given an OBE for services to drama.

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The following Nigerians have also been honoured in the Queens Honours list this year

  • Ms Helen Folasade Adu, OBE. Singer, Songwriter and Composer. For services to Music. (London)
  • Mrs Tosanbanmi Efua Eva Williams has been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for her service as the Deputy Communications Secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE. Formerly chief executive, The Place. For services to Dance. (London)
  • Miss Ogheneruona Mercy Iguyovwe. Senior Specialist Prosecutor International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order. (Loughton, Essex)
  • Miss Chinyere Adah (Chi-chi) Nwanoku, MBE. Musician. For services to Music. (London)
  • Ms Maureen Okoye MBE. Headteacher Davies Lane Primary School, Leytonstone, London. For services to Education. (London)
  • Ms Olufunke (Akindolie) Abimbola MBE. For services to Diversity in the Legal Profession and to Young People. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
  • Ms Ndidi Ekubia MBE. For services to Silversmithing. (Camberley, Surrey)
  • Ms Adetola Kunle-Hassan MBE. Founder Nubian Skin. For services to Fashion. (London)
  • Miss Eunice Olumide MBE. For services to Broadcasting The Arts and charity. (Edinburgh)
  • Oladele Woye MBE. Executive Officer Department for Work and Pensions. For services to the Department for Work and Pensions and to the community in East London. (London)
  • Mrs Patricia Obiageli Aiyenuro. BEM For services to Sport in the London Borough of Camden.
  • Olayinka Idris Bada BEM. Designated Detention Officer Metropolitan Police. For services to Policing. (London)

 

BBC COMMISSIONS LONDON INTERNET STAR TO CREATE NEW SITCOM

Kayode Ewumi is the brains behind popular hit web series #HoodDocumentary.

The massive success of the internet show has led the BBC to commission him to write and star in enterprise a sitcom about a couple of would be entrepreneurs trying to launch their new delivery firm.

Kayode was born on 2nd November 1993 in the Elephant and Castle district of London, the middle child in an Anglo-Nigerian family.

He read drama and theatre studies amongst other subjects at the City and Islington College before going on to Coventry University – initially to take the journalism course but switched to drama, graduating in 2015 with first class honours.

Whilst at school he had met Tyrell Williams who, in 2015, pitched to him the idea of the spoof documentary ‘Hood Drama’ in which he plays would-be rapper Reece Simpson, aka R.S.

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In 2016 he joined the ensemble cast of the remake of sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?’

Talking about the plot, the BBC explains: “Kazim and Jeremiah are two young entrepreneurs in the early stages of rolling out their home delivery service, Speedi-Kazz. Both are blessed with different skill-sets: Kazim has the energy and confidence, Jeremiah has the brains – but on occasion these differences can leave them at loggerheads. We follow their fledgling business, and this awkward bromance, as it makes its way into the homes of Kazim and Jeremiah’s fellow Londoners.”

Starring alongside Kayode Ewumi will be Daniel Ezra (Undercover), plus Humansactor Ivanno Jeremiah and Borgen‘s Femi Elufowoju Jr.

Kayode Ewumi says: “The fact that I filmed this around my area – Elephant and Castle – made it even more of a beautiful experience for me. The cast and crew were amazing and I believe that Enterprice showcases growth in my writing. YAAAA BWOY!!!!”

 

JENNIFER HUDSON: HOW WINNING AN OSCAR FOR BEING A DREAMGIRL ALMOST RUINED THE AMERICAN IDOL’S CAREER

Jennifer Hudson, the lovable girl-next-door with a powerhouse voice, was enjoying a sensational rise to fame a little more than 10 years ago. However, the American Idol alum’s fame has faded in recent years, leading some to wonder how such a talented performer has fallen off the radar. Here are some reasons why her career stalled.

Hudson reportedly beat out nearly 800 girls to land the coveted role of Effie White in Hollywood’s long-awaited movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls (2006).

Anyone who saw the musical in 1982, or simply the YouTube video of Jennifer Holliday performing the iconic song “And I’m Telling You” at the Tony Awards, knows that role has the potential to make a star out of those who play the part, and that’s exactly what happened to Hudson in Dreamgirls. Critics raved about her debut performance, declaring a star had been born. Awards followed, including critics prizes, a Golden Globe, and the coveted Academy Award for best supporting actress.

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Suddenly, Hudson went from an American Idol reject with no acting experience to the most sought-after woman in Hollywood.

Winning an Academy Award for your first movie role is a spectacular way to kick off one’s career. It’s also a very, very tough way to maintain longevity in Hollywood. Just ask actors Timothy Hutton, Tatum O’Neal, and Marlee Matlin, who’ve spent the many decades following their respective Oscar wins trying to live up to their golden moment.

Hudson currently appears to be in the same boat. Forever linked to White and her signature song, the singer-actress has struggled to find a role that showcases her multitude of talents and proves she is more than just a one-trick pony. Hollywood also appears to be struggling to figure out if Hudson is a dramatic or comedic actress, or both (or neither). For Hudson, success may simply have come too fast, too soon.

One sign that your movie career isn’t going that well is when your filmography becomes littered with titles nobody has seen or even heard.

Hudson has appeared in a number of non-starters that would give any Hollywood agent a touch of heartburn. There was Fragments, which came and went without much fanfare in 2009; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013), which made less than $500,000 at the U.S. box office; and Lullaby (2014), which apparently did not make a dent in Tinseltown, despite having a notable cast that included Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.

To be fair, all of this can easily be chalked up to Hollywood growing pains. Nobody’s resume is perfect, but we really hope Hudson’s next project aims for a nationwide release rather than straight to video on demand.
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It’s not like Hudson hasn’t tried to prove herself as a legitimate actress. In November 2009, it was confirmed that she would play Winnie Mandela in a biopic, a role that had the potential to earn her high marks from critics and maybe even an afterglow Oscar nomination.

Unfortunately, the film was marred by controversy throughout production, including complaints from the real-life Mandela, who was annoyed she wasn’t consulted on the project. By the time it opened in 2013, critics and audiences collectively decided that Winnie Mandela was simply not worth seeing. Subsequently, the chances of Hudson landing another major Hollywood biopic felt slim.

Hudson was wise to test her strengths on the small screen. Every major actress in Hollywood appears to be doing that these days, from Emma Stone to Nicole Kidman and even Julia Roberts. However, the two major projects Hudson chose either had too small of an audience—Smash (2012-13)—or were past their prime—Empire (2015-)—for her to really make a splash.

That said, we still think television is a good path for Hudson, especially as Ryan Murphy continues to revive the careers of so many major movie actresses. Seriously, why hasn’t he cast her on American Horror Story (2011-) yet?

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On paper, Black Nativity (2013) seemed like it would be an inevitable success. A holiday musical drama starring Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, and Hudson? Sure, why not?

Sadly, the movie elicited a mediocre response from critics, and the box office returns just weren’t there. For Hudson, especially, the chance to really make her mark during one of the busiest movie-going seasons fell completely flat.

One of the smartest things Hudson has done so far was land a role in the long-awaited Sex and the City movie (2008). Sure, some argued that the film, in which she played an up-and-coming assistant to a rich, depressed white lady, felt like shades of Gone with the Wind (1939), but from a career perspective, Sex and the City did wonders for Hudson, exposing her to an even wider audience with a built-in, die-hard fanbase, while setting her up for the chance to return to a major movie franchise.

While Hudson dropped hints about a possible third Sex and the City movie as recently as 2014, we find it hard to believe that will ever come to fruition. Let’s remember that the 2010 sequel earned scathing reviews, three Razzie Awards, and weak returns at the box office. At this point, we think Hudson would have better luck pitching a sequel to Dreamgirls than another Sex and the City flick.

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In April 2017, Hudson appeared in the comedy Sandy Wexler, one of the four films to come out of Adam Sandler’s multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix. Though it’s unclear exactly how many people streamed the movie (do we really want to know?), one thing is certain: critics did not like it.

Yes, one could argue that Netflix is an insanely successful company, and appearing in a movie people probably watch while hungover on a weekend afternoon is good-enough exposure, but, come on. Co-starring in a movie with the same dude who co-wrote The Ridiculous 6 (2015) probably isn’t the best way to return to the Academy Awards.

Hudson took it easy after the birth of her first child, and rightly so. However, her failure to land movie roles or release music didn’t go unnoticed by Hollywood, and her fame began to decline rapidly. She catapulted herself back into the limelight by becoming the face of Weight Watchers in 2010, and she told Oprah Winfrey on her chat show that she’d lost 56 pounds and didn’t plan on losing more. However, fans were reportedly concerned for her well-being after she debuted a very slim figure in February 2011, revealing she had lost a total of 80 pounds.

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Hudson released her second album, I Remember Me, in 2011, and it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2. However, only one single, “Where You At,” was a hit.

Hudson reinvented herself for her next studio release. With a new haircut and edgier style, she enlisted the help of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams for JHUD in 2014. Alas, it was a flop, selling a mere 24,000 copies in the first week of its release. Billboard even suggested her Oscar win in 2009 was potentially damaging her music career.

Shaking off her music career failures, Hudson focused on acting. With her powerful voice and focused determination, it was no surprise when she made her Broadway debut with a role in the hugely successful revival of A Color Purple in 2015. However, she later accused the production of casting her just because she was a celebrity, seemingly affecting her chances of being cast again in a Broadway show.

Hudson has maintained one of Hollywood’s longest and most enduring relationships, and yet, despite getting engaged in 2008, she has yet to actually marry her fiancé and baby daddy, former pro wrestler David Otunga. Hudson said she isn’t feeling any pressure to tie the knot. “I’m not in a rush,” she told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2017 (via People). “He ain’t going nowhere.”

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She has one of the most powerful voices in Hollywood, and yet, if you can believe it, Hudson was once afraid to share her gift with the rest of the world.

“I used to beg for a solo, and then when they gave it to me, I would be too afraid to sing,” she told Glamour magazine, recalling her days singing at church in Chicago. “I didn’t start singing with my eyes open until I was 19 years old.”

In October 2008, while celebrating her debut solo album success, Hudson was rocked by news that her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, had been murdered at their home in Chicago. Local and national news outlets reported that her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was missing, but he was later found dead in an abandoned vehicle.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia, and father of Julian, was charged with the murders and sentenced in 2012 to life behind bars.

Despite the horrific tragedy, Hudson told Oprah in 2012 that she had learned to forgive her family’s killer. “For the most part, it’s not his fault,” she said (via Today). “It’s what he was taught, how he was brought up.” She added. “[He] never had a chance. Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background, you know, that some have, then [he] would’ve stood a chance.”

The grief Hudson faced after her family members were murdered was immense, yet she somehow carried on and forged a future with Otunga and their son.

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“I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child,” she told Glamour in 2015. “I tell [my son] David [now 8] all the time, ‘You saved my life.'”

During the interview, she also spoke about the challenge of discussing her family’s tragedy with other people. “It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she said. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.”

Hard as it may be to believe, some of Hollywood’s richest and most famous stars have worked crappy day-to-day jobs, just like the rest of us. For Hudson, it was the drive-thru window at Burger King, a gig that helped her test out her incredible vocals. The job would later provide the best perk ever: in 2007, Burger King showed its support for the recent Oscar-winner by “giving her a pre-paid BK Crown Card that will be automatically reloaded for life,” reported MTV News.

It seems Hudson can overcome any adversity, and her career is once again looking strong. She signed to Epic Records in 2016, home to R&B stars Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy and Fifth Harmony. The former American Idol star has also returned to her talent show roots, becoming a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale before becoming a judge on the uber-popular U.S. version of The Voice in 2017.

In other words: J-Hud is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Culled from nickiswift.com